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There is a lot of competition brewing in the world of Android smartphones these days and one of the biggest competitors hoping to make a massive splash is the upcoming Sony Xperia ZL. We had the chance to meet up with the folks at Sony Canada for some hands-on demo time earlier this week and now we've put together a quick video for you guys with some highlights.

You might remember that the Sony Xperia ZL was first unveiled at CES earlier this year and it is indeed a flagship level device. As a quick run-through, you can expect to find a 5-inch 1080p display (441ppi) with the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a quad core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot, 13MP main camera, 2MP front-facing camera, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and all sorts of other juicy specs.

While it has a similar 5-inch 1080p display as some other competitors, like what you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the Sony Xperia ZL is actually a fair bit more compact. They're saying it's the most compact 5-inch 1080p smartphone on the market today and they were able to achieve this by significantly shrinking the bezel around the screen itself.

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It also comes with several unique dashes that Sony hopes will separate the ZL from the rest of the Android crowd. This is both from a hardware and from a software standpoint. For example, that 13MP camera is capable of shooting HDR video. It also has a burst mode that is limited only by your storage capacity; while testing out the demo unit, I hit a burst for about 170 photos at full resolution. The premium-feel aluminum power button is pretty unique-looking too, as is the STAMINA mode that can provide up to four-times the battery life.

The Sony Xperia ZL should be launching with the major carriers early next month, likely at the usual kind of price points on contract. We'll have a full review coming up soon too, but in the meantime, here's our interview and hands-on session with the Xperia ZL.